WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers are struggling to explain the latest findings on newborns' birth weight.
A Harvard study of nearly 37 million births shows U.S. newborns were slightly lighter in 2005 than in 1990 -- a surprising find as the obesity rate soars. The study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology ends a half-century of increasing birth rates.
While the drop is less than 2 ounces, researchers are puzzled as to why it happened. Premature births as well as twins and multiples were excluded from the report. The lead researcher in the study says babies are still bigger than they were a few decades ago, but the trend appears to have flatlined.
An adviser to the March of Dimes says it's too soon to tell what the drop means, but that there should be vigilance about any decline in birth weights.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.